Why Parents Should Make Time for Self Care
Parenting is both hard and rewarding and comes along with many prejudices and self-doubt. Mothers, in particular, are often considered the foundation of our society, they raise our children and commit to a life of selflessness. However, they are often not given the acknowledgement they deserve and have to deal with criticism and judgement from people in their community. It goes without saying that when a parent is flourishing and fulfilled, they have the capacity to raise a child who also flourishes. So why do so many parents feel guilty for giving themselves the time to care for their own wellbeing?
When you’re sleep-deprived, burnt-out and stressed, it’s almost impossible to give your children the best care and parenting. It’s no secret that when we’re not looking after ourselves, we have a lower mood and a shorter fuse. This eventually falls on your child because you won’t have the patience to treat them how you may like to. Furthermore, your children look to you to understand how life works, and consequently how to treat themselves.
The better we care for our own well-being, the better we can care for our children. If you are running on no energy, being able to care for others is monumentally harder. On the other hand, if you are full of energy, that will overflow into every part of your life, including your children. You’ll be able to spend more time giving them the love and attention they deserve, and you’ll feel good about it. After all, self-care is a necessity, not an indulgence.
It’s understandable that you may feel you don’t have time for self-care. But there are plenty of ways busy parents can look after their wellbeing. Here are some tips:
Get physical. Exercise and fresh air is the cheapest way to feel good. Simply taking a morning walk, doing 15 minutes of yoga or spending some time in the garden will do wonders for your mood. If you’re up to it, take a pilates class or go for a run.
Look after your mind. There are probably a million thoughts in your head at any one time so exercise this part of your body too. Journal, meditate, read a book, do a puzzle or pick up a colouring book.
Make time for your friends. When you’re a new parent it’s important not to isolate yourself. Call a friend to try out a new restaurant, go on a walking date, go window shopping, volunteer or join a book club.
Do things you love. Whether that be cooking, sports, painting or playing the guitar, whatever sets your soul on fire should be made time for.
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